The following is an excerpt from CATHERINE THORBECKE | November 15, 2016 | abcnews.go.com|
The company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline announced today that it has filed for a court order giving the company the right-of-way to finish construction of the controversial crude oil pipeline without further intervention from the federal government.
The latest legal move comes as protesters across the U.S. continue to demonstrate their support for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in its battle to block the four-state pipeline from crossing what the tribe says is a culturally sacred area that is also environmentally sensitive.
Energy Transfer Partners and its subsidiary, Sunoco Logistics Partners, announced today that they made two court filings late last night in a federal district court in Washington, D.C., seeking a "judgment declaring that Dakota Access Pipeline has the legal right-of-way to build, complete and operate the Dakota Access Pipeline without any further action from the Army Corps of Engineers."
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